Polo industriale Prada a Valvigna
Studio: Canali associati
Project: Polo industriale Prada a Valvigna
Location: Terranuova Bracciolini, Aezzo, Italy
Credit: Gabriele Croppi, Alessandro Ciampi, Canali associati
Once the old 1970s warehouses were demolished, the construction of an industrial and tertiary complex started which was intended to mitigate the necessary significant size while at the same time re-establishing the lost agricultural-wooded slope. Aligned along the front of the lot, the narrow concrete body of the buildings materializes as a plinth base completely enveloped in vine pergolas. From here three blades jut out, immediate signals for those traveling on the motorway. In the background, a heavy prefabricated parallelepiped aligned with the lot conceals the warehouses. Above on the first floor, metal pavilions are rotated through 45° to orient the 35 metre long shed to the north, defined at the edges by caissons containing the building’s tunnels.
The triangles cut out between the ground and first floors become protected gardens. Everywhere there is diffused lighting and perceptions of the exterior. The tentacles that connect the hill to the edge of the motorway support the outer cladding of the shed and the walkways appear as access and escape routes for workers. The canteen and the administrative offices, independent blocks with metal frameworks are detached from the warehouses thanks to slender patios. Above the 300 seat canteen, the roof has a single skylight and is shielded by pergolas completely enveloped by vines. In the offices, 3 floors are open to a central full-height hall, the centre of communication and itself also covered by a roof with skylight and pergolas. From every location there is a 360° view of the gardens, to the north through a full height window, to the west through a second green skin nourished by extensive pools.